The treatment process:
Here at Foot & Ankle Experts, we give patients 4 surgical options. Each option has their own pros and cons. When you have your consultation with Dr Kim. She will talk you through each procedure, and together you can decide how to proceed.
Surgical Procedure 1: Partially removing the nail
For more severe ingrown toenail (redness, pain, puss), your podiatrist can trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail after numbing your toe by injecting local anesthetic.
Surgical Procedure 2: Partial nail avulsion with phenol acid (PNA)
No stitches involved, painless, quick recovery (1-2 days), cosmetically satisfying removal of partial toenail.
Surgical Procedure 3: Winograd procedure
4- 5 stitches, perfect for complicated recurrent ingrown toenail with skin lesion, next level of surgery if PNA fails.
Surgical Procedure 4: Removing the nail and surrounding tissue permanently
If you have the infection and toenail problem repeatedly after above intervention, your podiatrist may suggest removing a portion of the nail along with the underlying tissue. The procedure may prevent that part of your nail and regrowth permanently.